The Academy is committed “to find solutions to diversify the profession, foster diverse leadership, and to bring cultural competency to members in order to better serve the world.” - Farr LT. Listen and Change. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2020; 120(9):1449-51.
To support the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access Action Plan, the Nutrition and Dietetic Educators and Preceptors funded three videos designed to expose children to the exciting world of nutrition and dietetics.
What will the videos be used for?
One of the overarching goals of the Academy’s Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access Action Plan1 is to “ Increase recruitment, retention, and completion of nutrition and dietetics education and leadership at all levels for underrepresented groups.” A suggested strategy to implement this goal is to advance the pipeline development for nutrition and dietetics professionals.1 Thus, the Nutrition and Dietetic Educators and Preceptors (NDEP) Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Recruitment Video Task Force has created three videos aimed at increasing a diverse pipeline of students into the profession from the elementary, middle, and high school settings. Video content incorporates diversity in multiple aspects, including race and ethnicity, males, body size, gender identity, and religion. A common barrier identified for DEI pipeline work in the nutrition and dietetics field is a lack of familiarity with our profession among school-aged children; thus, these videos will generate early-stage career interest in the dietetics profession.
Who are the audience(s)?
The videos are specifically geared toward elementary, middle, and high school audiences. Videos can be viewed in various educational and professional settings, including classrooms, career fairs, and STEM-focused programs.
Who is featured in the videos?
Our nine interviewees include registered dietitian nutritionists and one graduate student. Interviewees are from diverse backgrounds, races, ethnicities, and age groups and are at various stages in their nutrition and dietetic careers. Interviewees work across multiple practice settings, including community, clinical, foodservice, and education.
1. Advancing Equity: The Academy's Commitment to Supporting Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2022; 122(1):159-165.
Funding for this project was provided by the Nutrition and Dietetic Educators and Preceptors at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
We thank our interviewees for their participation in the video.
Noor Hakim, RDN; Ahmed Kamel, MS, RDN; Kirstin Lyons, MPH, RDN; Kongpeng Moua, RDN; Rachel Murphy-Viens, RDN; Enrique Nieto, BS, Nutrition Graduate Student; Kameron Rowe, MS, RDN, CDN; and Ashley Russo-Leone, MA, RD, CNSC. Learn more.
Nutrition and Dietetic Educators and Preceptors Recruitment Videos Task Force
Planned and developed video content, recruited diverse interviewees, wrote interviewee and narrator script, recruited production company, and assisted with video filming, editing, production, marketing, and dissemination: Urvashi Mulasi, PhD, RDN (Task Force Chair); Candace Coats RDN, LD; Lucy B. Balogun, MPA, RD, LD; Nikki Beckwith, MA, RD, CDN; Theresa Reynolds, RDN, LD; Casey Terrell, MPH, RDN; and Emily Tills, MS, RDN, CDN, ACE-CPT. Learn more.
LeGreta Hudson, MS, RDN, LD, CDE; Leah Hoffman, PhD, RDN/LD, CNSC; Kristin Grover, MS, RDN; Amber Wade, BS; and Kirsten E. Kearse, MS, RDN, LD
NDEP acknowledges Syracuse University, including the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics and the Syracuse University Early Education & Child Care Center, for hosting the production of this video.
NDEP acknowledges California State University, Sacramento for providing space and resources to film the video.
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